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Is Facebook the new Google?

With the arrival of Facebook Places, Facebook is showing (not for the first time) that it has the power to steamroll friends and competitors alike.

People can gripe all they want about privacy concerns, but with half a billion members, Facebook is the only game in town, so leaving comes at pretty huge costs. And people developing new apps and services that might be within Facebook's reach? They should be afraid. Does this all sound familiar? It's not too tough a riddle: Just replace "Facebook" with "Google" and it all holds true.

The question is, how soon until Facebook takes on Google directly?


Asked by tasches at 6:07 PM on Aug. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Not any time soon I'd guess. I have never heard of it

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:42 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • They are totally different kinds of websites. You can Google anything for information and education and Facebook is just another Social Network.

    Answer by gertie41 at 6:17 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • lol 2 very different websites offering different services you cant compare the two face book is a social networking site and Google a search engine .totally different ball games now if you were comparing facebook and myspace this would make more sense

    Answer by babie113 at 6:12 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Google and Facebook aren't even the same type of website. One is a search engine and one is a Social Networking site. That's like saying is a Seal the new stroller?

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 6:29 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • LOL that's like saying publix is the new sears.

    search engine vs social networking site....

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 6:25 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Places is the latest example of Facebook adding a feature that knocks a would-be competitor out of center stage. Foursquare, Gowalla and other location-based "check-in" services have to take a back seat to Facebook's, since most iPhone-owning Facebook members in the U.S. will automatically have access to this soon, if not already.

    Location-based services aren't the only apps bound to get hammered by Facebook Places. Mathew Ingram at GigaOm makes a strong argument that the next victim is Yelp, the social food network that many people — including me — use for quick references when grabbing a burger or Mexican food in an unknown town. Yelp may have an army of eager reviewers, and a database of 10 million reviews and counting. But, as Ingram points out, what does that mean when the competition has 500 million active users?

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 6:08 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • The point is Facebook is venturing into the search engine field (i.e., Google's domain) ...

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 5:16 PM on Aug. 26, 2010